Mercedes-Benz G-Class and it’s AMG variants get a makeover
Mercedes-Benz, the German luxury carmaker known for its trademark three-pointed star, has been building off road vehicles with a touch of luxury for the past 35 years. Confused? We`re talking about the Mercedes G-Class. Recently, the German automaker has launched the refreshed G-Class variants which look similar to the outgoing model but have been updated with new exterior and interior elements along with changes to the mechanicals.
Talking about its exterior looks the luxury SUV gets redesigned bumpers along with flared wheel arches. Under the hood, the G-Class is powered by a new V8 bi-turbo 4-litre engine similar to the one that powers the Mercedes-AMG GT model. However, in this engine, the turbos are located in –between the cylinder banks and hence, provides better performance and superior torque figures. The engine bangs out 416 PS and 450 NM of torque.
Talking of power and torque figures the engines powering the G-Class variants have been updated, with the G 350 diesel mill delivering 245 PS and 442 NM of torque. The G63 AMG with its updated power figures forks out 563 PS and 560 NM of torque. The insanely ferocious G 65 model churns out 621 PS and 738 NM of torque. From this list, other than the G65 AMG, the rest of the variants get stop-start system to deliver better fuel efficiency figures. The suspension has been tweaked to deliver better on-road and off-road driving comfort. Mercedes has also made changes to the ESP to ensure better dynamics, while the ABS and ASR are tuned to shorten braking distances. The new adaptive damping system is offered as an optional feature on the G500, which allows the driver to choose between Sports or Comfort mode.
All the G-Class variants offer performance that will set your pulse racing. The Stuttgart based car maker claims that the G 350 diesel can sprint from 0-100 in a mere 8.9 seconds while the G 500 does it in just 5.9 seconds. Coming to the G63 AMG, it takes 5.4 seconds to reach the ton, while the G65 AMG is a second faster and does the 0-100 sprint in just 5.3 seconds.
Inside the cabin, the cosmetic changes come in the form of a new instrument cluster, a new vibrant color scheme as an option is offered with interesting names like tomato red, solar beam, alien green and others. If you want something unique, there is the AMG Edition 463 model, which gives the G-Class a sporty touch. It comes with features like dual tone instrument panel, dual tone seat covers along with high quality Designo leather door pulls (Nappa leather), stainless steel under guard, AMG sport stripes and 21-inch alloy wheels.
While we expect the German marque to bring the updated G-Class to India soon, be ready to empty your bank account if you decide to buy one!